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BEFORE WE WERE YOURS: Lisa Wingate’s Apple Bread Pudding Recipe

BEFORE WE WERE YOURS: Lisa Wingate’s Apple Bread Pudding Recipe “Shantyboat families, such as the ones depicted in my novel Before We Were Yours, often gathered in small communities to share news and food, find companionship, trade goods, and play homemade instruments and sing. A rare sweet treat would have thrilled Rill and her siblings. Wingate […]

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THE BOOK OF LOST FRIENDS: Lisa Wingate’s Buttermilk Pie Recipe

  THE BOOK OF LOST FRIENDS: Lisa Wingate’s Buttermilk Pie Here’s a recipe that’s a true time period delight from Hannie’s era —Hannie was a freed slave in Louisiana in 1875. It would also be a favorite in the cafe’s dessert case in present-day Augustine, Louisiana. It’s not a ‘pretty’ pie, but served as a […]

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THE SECRET KEEPER OF JAIPUR: Alka Joshi’s Aloo Gobi Matar Subji (Curried Vegetable)

  THE SECRET KEEPER OF JAIPUR: Alka Joshi’s Aloo Gobi Matar Subji (Curried Vegetable) Growing up, whenever my mother wondered what to make for dinner, my brothers and I clamored for her Aloo Gobi Matar Subji or Potato-Cauliflower-Pea Curried Vegetable. I want you to taste my mother’s version of this delicious comfort food because it […]

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SPIN: The Annie Londonderry Cocktail

Peter Zheutlin’s “SPIN” Annie Londonderry Cocktail The Annie Londonderry Cocktail celebrates the publication of Spin and toasts the 126th anniversary of the beginning of Annie Londonderry’s extraordinary ‘round the world journey by bicycle. Like Annie, this whiskey-based cocktail is bold, brash, and colorful. In SPIN, Annie meets the imperious bicycle magnate Colonel Albert Pope hoping […]

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Mary Kay Andrews: THE NEWCOMER Prosecco Sippers

Mary Kay Andrews: The Newcomer Prosecco Sippers (Shark Bites) I wanted deliciously beachy, no-fuss recipes that could be served poolside, packed into a cooler for the beach, or beautifully arrayed on a hostess’s table for your The Newcomer book club gathering (see menu). My book club besties usually bring LOTS of wine to our gatherings, […]

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Julie Carrick Dalton’s New Hampshire Maple-Walnut Scones and Blueberry Compote

Julie Carrick Dalton’s New Hampshire Maple-Walnut Scones and Blueberry Compote The image that launched Waiting for the Night Song was of young girls in a rowboat picking blueberries from a wild shoreline, lush with berry bushes, pine trees, and sugar maples. I let my blueberry and maple syrup obsessions run wild as I created a […]

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Emily Layden’s ALL GIRLS Apple Cider Doughnuts

Emily Layden’s Apple Cider Doughnuts Nestled in a hilly corner of rural Connecticut, The Atwater School in All Girls is a haven for progressive thinking and feminist intellectuals—and also a quintessential piece of the New England landscape. From Litchfield and the Berkshires to interior New Hampshire and coastal Maine, boarding schools pepper this wing of […]

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Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s Falafel Recipe

Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s Falafel Recipe In You Are Not Alone, Cassandra and Jane follow Shay, learning more and more about her life, her likes, and her dislikes…that she works out frequently, and loves the Greek restaurant close to her apartment. They ever learn her favorite dishes. It’s there where Shay begins to doubt […]

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Leesa Cross-Smith’s Pasta alla Norma Recipe

Leesa Cross-Smith’s Pasta alla Norma In This Close To Okay, my character Tallie encounters a man named Emmett on a bridge in the rain. He’s considering suicide and Tallie is a therapist but doesn’t tell him that. Instead, she plays him some music and talks to him, listens to him, shares her heart with him. […]

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Ladee Hubbard: Elizabeth’s Lemon Cake

Ladee Hubbard: Elizabeth’s Lemon Cake The Rib King is set in the early 20th century and tells the story of an African American domestic servant in a wealthy household who creates a meat sauce that becomes a national sensation. Food is an important emotional core of the novel and a lot of my research involved considering […]

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